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Copyright 2014

Updated 10/20/14

Located in the Bronx, New York, City Island is a small island, approximately one mile long and a quarter mile wide. City Island is surrounded by Eastchester Bay on one side and Long Island Sound on the other. Its bridge attaches to a roadway adjacent to Pelham Bay Park, New York City's largest park. In this area, and in the waters and wetlands, in and around City Island, many bird species thrive. Here, several and varied migratory birds are found. This website was created to help study, appreciate, and protect all the birds of this area.


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Ancient Boreal forests are being cut down for 
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City Island Birds
Since 2007

Birding Advocacy

More than 80,000 people have viewed this page.

Welcome to City Island Birds. I created this website because this area of New York City is little known and underutilized by birdwatchers and other nature lovers. Pelham Bay Park, with its woods and wetlands is a critical stopover and nesting area to many migratory species.


Photos and Results of Our Past Walks
2007- 2010

  2011
Winter Bird Walk- January 9
First Spring Walk- April 17
Easter Walk- April 24
Split Rock-Mother’s Day Walk- May 7 
Turtle Cove “Watch”- June 26
Raptor and Waterfowl Walk- Nov. 27
2012
Owl Walk- March 24
Owlet Walk April 15, 2012
Spring “Migration Madness” Walk- May 6
Clapper Rail Walk- May 27   
Fall Migration Walk- Sept. 23, 2012
Migration Walk- October 14, 2012
Last Minute Barred Owl Walk- Dec. 9, 2012
2013
Bronx Brooklyn Walk- January 12
Spring Migration Walk- May 5
Three Club Walk-  August 24
Fall Migration Walk 2013
2014
Owlet Walk- April 13, 2014
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A MYSTERY REVEALED

Barnacle Goose at Orchard Beach

Jack Rothman

   

Traveling and Birding the Amazon

Several people have requested information about our trip to the Amazon.

Birding Interest- Past Articles

Important and Useful

The Wild Bird Fund   (Animal Rehabber)


New York Tide Chart

Urban Park Rangers

NY State Parks

Birdcast (Migration Reports)

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City Island?http://forgotten-ny.com/2000/05/city-island/
Pelham Bay Park Maphttp://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/vt_pelham_bay_park/images/Pelham%20map-rev2005.pdf
City Island Communityhttp://www.cityisland.com
Directions Herehttp://www.cityisland.com/directions.html
City Island Birding ClubCIB_Club.html
AboutAbout.html
ContactContact.html

Good looking female Eastern Towhee posing. You can hear them calling on Hunter Island and should be here for a while.

Eastern Phoebe are all around the park. Check Turtle Cove and Hunter Island to find some.

A good looking Veery. These guys and Hermit Thrushes are back.

Fall Migration Walk Results- Sunday, October 12, 2014

Link Here

OK, you know what kind of sparrow this is, right? Whether you got it or not, see how many you can get here, on the SPARROW QUIZ. The answer to this bird and 13 others are revealed.

A gaggle of geese (in water)

A skein of geese (in air)

A charm of finches

A tidings of magpies

A mustering of storks

A parliament of owls

A host of sparrows

A siege of herons

An unkindness of ravens

A cast of hawks

An ostentation of peacocks

A murder of crows

A walk of snipe

An exaltation of larks

A shimmer of hummingbirds

A scold of jays

A descent of woodpeckers

A gatling of woodpeckers (I guess there are two ways to describe woodpecker groups.)

A murmuration of starlings (in air)

A clutter of starlings (on ground)

A mutation of thrushes

A fall of woodcock

A pitying of turtle doves

A squadron of pelicans

Calling the Group Correctly!

Different groups of birds have different descriptions. Although none of these descriptions are official, they are fun. If you know of more, please email me, jack@cityislandbirds.com

Blue-headed Vireo coming through during migration. They were here a day or so ago , but may be gone now.

Binocular and Smartphone Help

If you’re not familiar with how your computer or smartphone can help you be a better and more successful birder, you should read my little primer, link here.

If you need or want a new pair of binoculars, you might want to begin here. Binoculars have really changed in the last few years. You can get a fantastic pair for a few hundred dollars and a really good pair for less than $200. Years ago, there wasn’t nearly as much choice. You should link here for ratings.

The Kazimiroff Nature Trail of Hunter Island
You may have noticed the new signs posted along the paths on Hunter island. The numbers correlate to different features of the “Island.” If you link below, you can find out what each sign post means. Dr. Kazimiroff was a noted Bronx naturalist. The trail marked in his honor winds through the largest and most natural of all of NYC parks. This area was once hunting and fishing grounds and the site of huge mansions. To find out more, print and bring the guide with you on your next walk. Kazimiroff Trail.pdf

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A few people asked about the return of owls to our park. Generally they begin appearing after Thanksgiving, like this Barred Owl.